Banned Books Reading, 2009

September 24, 2009 at 7:51 am (Book memes)

The one where you take the list and bold the ones you’ve read (and italicize the ones you didn’t finish or aren’t sure you really read).

This list is courtesy of the American Library Association, which identified the banned or challenged books in the Radcliffe Publishing Course’s Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century:

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell

11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Clearly, I need to work on my reading of the last century’s great books!

(But I was pleased to see that Winnie-the-Pooh apparently has NOT been challenged!)

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Acquisition & Note

September 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm (acquisitions)

I have been really, really busy and, worse, stressed over all the stuff I have to get done by the end of December.   This week, though, I’m going to grab the workload with both hands and wrestle it into submission, then chop it up into manageable, week-sized pieces.  Yeah.

I also hope to find the time to read The Drowning City by Amanda Downum.   An actual new book, from a new book store!

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